A barn is a necessary outbuilding, which is found in almost every summer cottage and personal plot. With the proper organization of storage systems in the shed, you can place all the things you need on the farm. Our tips site will provide tips to help you use your entire barn space efficiently..
You need to think about what and how will be stored in your shed even at the stage of its construction. Decide right away which outbuilding you need – small, medium or more spacious. It all depends on whether the barn will have additional functions, for example, as a home workshop. And what do you plan to store here – just tools or something else, including garden furniture. The optimal dimensions of the future barn depend on this..
The first tip for barn owners is to sort all the items you plan to store here by category. For example:
- Gardening tools with long handles, shanks;
- Small inventory – gloves, scoops, shovels and so on;
- Hoses and extensions;
- Covering materials;
- Electrical tools;
- Large items – lawn mower, bicycle, stepladder, portable grill, garden furniture.
This will allow you to give each category of things its own place..
The second tip is to start with the shelves. There are definitely not many of them, use two or three walls completely, equipping racks up to the ceiling. By the way, horizontal slats can also be attached to the rafters under the roof to store long and thin objects at the top – a ladder, boards, beams, and the like..
Important! Store the items you use most often on the middle shelves for easy access. Other things can be pushed down or under the ceiling.
It is advisable to place large, heavy tools lower, and for garden equipment – walk-behind tractors, lawn mowers – to allocate space on the floor, under the lower shelf of the rack.
In a separate corner, equip a storage system right on the wall for shovels, hoes, rakes and other tools with long handles.
Small hand tools are conveniently stored on dedicated wall stands. So they will take up less space, will be in sight and at hand. Do not forget about the irrigation hose and extension cords – special hooks or holders are suitable for them, on which they will hang neatly without getting tangled.
It is very good if you have an old chest of drawers, a sideboard or a so-called bread baker – a table with closed shelves below. Such furniture is the place in the barn! You can put a lot of things in drawers and shelves, and the table top will become a comfortable work surface when you are doing something in the barn itself.
If you decide to drag an old wardrobe into the shed, remove the doors from it. They will only get in the way and require a lot of free space to open. Check and reinforce, if necessary, the shelves of old furniture where you plan to store heavy tools or flower pots with soil.
Do not forget that the shed needs to be insulated to store preserves and harvested vegetables. At least select one corner where a chest for vegetables with a hinged lid insulated with PSB plates with a thickness of at least 100 millimeters will be located.
Important! Experienced summer residents are advised to store the collected seeds in glass jars with tightly screwed lids. Allocate shelf space for them.
Leave some space in the center of the shed. Firstly, you need to walk somewhere, and secondly, you may need a place to dry the harvested root vegetables before sending for storage, the same potatoes, for example.
The portal similarly wrote about what bike mounts are. For the shed, we recommend using wall or ceiling hangers so that the bike does not take up much space..
Don’t forget to use the inside of the barn door and the outside wall! On the door, for example, it is convenient to store work clothes – just a couple of hooks. And on the wall in the summer, place the tools that you use daily.